Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Paris 1699 - 1779
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Among the most admired still-life painters of all times, Chardin was undoubtedly the greatest of the eighteenth century.

However, after his death in 1779 oblivion rapidly overtook his name and art until his rediscovery in the mid-nineteenth century by the ‘Realist’ critic Théophile Thoré, also the champion of Vermeer, and the Goncourt brothers who revived the taste for French rococo art.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

1,495,047 $
2,200,000 $
4,002,500 $
Books on Chardin

Pierre Rosenberg and Florence Bruyant, Chardin, exh. cat., London, 2000.

Jonathan Crary, ‘The Camera Obscura and Its Subject’ in Techniques of the Observer, Cambridge and London, 1990.

Philip Conisbee, Chardin, Oxford, 1985.

Pierre Rosenberg, Tout l’Oeuvre Peint de Chardin, Paris, 1983.

Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, French Eighteenth-Century Painters: Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, La Tour, Greuze, Fragonard, 1880-2, trans. Robin Ironside, Ithaca, 1981.

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